Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Early learning and Non-formal Basic education for Children from Myanmar in Bangladesh (ENBC)

Project Name: Early learning and Non-formal Basic education for Children from Myanmar in Bangladesh (ENBC)

Scale-up of early Learning and Informal Basic Education Programme for Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nations (FDMN) 4-14 years’ children in Bangladesh through establishing 529 LCs.

Project Introduction:
The Rohingya’s are now stateless Muslim minority staying in Cox’s Bazar district forcibly displaced from Myanmar. The Cox’s Bazar district has been the scene of huge influxes of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the late 1970s and early 1990s. After 25 August 2017 influx, a record number of 702,160 refugees arrived in this region. Adding this number to those Rohingya who arrived before 25 August 2017, UN has estimated that there are around 1.3 million refugees in 37 camps and 2 host communities’ settlements under the Ukhiya and Teknaf sub-districts namely Upazilas. It’s was reveal that around 5 per cent of households are also headed by the children (ISCG report, p.6) as they are missing their parents. The latest exodus began on 25 August 2017, when violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Myanmar’s military forces have cracked down on the Rohingya minority through the use of extreme violence. Myanmar’s army has come after them with machine guns, firing from helicopters, and resorted to using mines and machetes. Brutally murdering, raping and burning down their homes, sparing no one—women, the elderly and children. The killing, arson, torture and rape of Rohingya people by the Myanmar military is an unprecedented incident in the history of the world. Violence titled as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing globally.

Though Cox’s bazar district is one of the underperforming district of Bangladesh in all the indicators. The presence of those refugees has put the environment and residents under huge strain, those people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance including critical life-saving interventions. Of those, around 703,000 are under 18 years old. Assumed that, the lack of basic services and difficult living conditions in the camps, they are vulnerable to malnutrition, health and hygiene issues, protection concerns and education and lifelong learning in their present situation. The Cox’s Bazar district is now confronted with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that requires an immediate, coordinated response. With more than 350,000 children affected, it is essential that basic education services to be provided as per need. The Children are more vulnerable here because they have been gone through a terrible experience. They are deeply traumatized, under so much stress, that need Psychosocial counseling to release their trauma, Rohingya refugee children are extremely vulnerable without support. As additionally to the core interventions in education programme, this partnership will also include a robust C4D component as an integral part of the design to ensure systematic and effective community engagement to achieve the project goals as well as to maximize the impact of the project by addressing key behavioural and socio-cultural dynamics within the refugee camps. The ongoing and genuine two-way communications and dialogue with Rohingya refugee will clarify their roles and responsibilities in supporting the learning centres to ensure children’s regular attendance as well as to improve LCs day to day operations.

The problem is occurred all on a sudden and in no way Bangladesh was prepared to take such a huge number of people fled away from a neighbouring country. So, it was never being linked to the national priority.

Project Agreement Number: BCO/ PCA /2017/057-2018/001

Overall Objective: N/A

Specific Objectives:

    • By December 2020, continuing Early Learning and Basic Education for Rohingya children at UkhiyaUpazila under the Cox’s Bazar district through 529 LCs
    • Continuing the operations of 529 LCs
    • By December 2020 an accountable supervision, coordination and support structure is in place to keep the education programme operational for Rohingya refugee children.
    • By December 2020, adequate human resources are in place for effective implementation of the project activities through 529 LCs
    • By December 2020 Effective Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies are in place in 529 LCs

a)      529 Number of learning centers established with physical facilities, learning materials
b)      14938 (55% girl) Number of children enrolled in early learning classes; Total of 42,440
c)      27502 (55% girl) Number of children enrolled in non-formal basic education classes; Total 42440
d)      529 Number of teachers recruited and trained;
e)      529 Number of Burmese Language Instructors recruited and trained
f)       45361 (50% female) of parents/community members mobilized with increased awareness on their children’s educational participation

Project Components: 
a) Early learning (4-6 years old) for 14938 children b) Basic Learning (7-14) years old) for 27502 children

Major Activities:

Project Participants (Direct): 42440

Children (0-10)




Senior Citizen(61+)


















Project Duration: Phase 2: 1 year (19 November 2017 to 18 November 2018) Phase 2, Amendment 1: Extended up to December 2018 Phase 2 (current): 27 months after the signing date by both organisations (24 September 2018 to 23 December 2020 and Phase 3(14 January 2019 to 31 December 2020), 79 LCs duration up to 30 April 2021
Total Beneficiaries= 87801, Direct = 42440, Indirect= 45361

Financial partner (Donor): UNICEF

Implementing partner (if any): Dhaka Ahsania Mission-DAM

Project Location/s and number of Field offices:Ukhiya and Teknafupazila of Cox’s Bazar District– Camp 1E, 1W, 2E, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8E, 8W, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20 Ext., 21, 26 and 27

Project Budget: UNICEF and CSO – Phase: 3 BDT 72, 63, 55,869 (USD 7,581,011)

Number of project staffs and volunteers:

Staff (Regular)

Paid Volunteer

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Contact Person:
Name & Designation: ABM Shahab Uddin, Senior Program Manager, ENBC & ALP Projects
Cell: 01824667440